New Year's Eve is all about channeling that inner-social butterfly (or releasing your inner party animal). Even if you've been spelunking in a cave of work all year, 'tis the night for cutting a rug, letting loose, and, quite frankly, getting a little tipsy. Since it's okay for us (or, at least, most of us) to run amok one glorious evening a year, we understand that making the right plan comes with some serious pressure. To capitalize on every minute of your revelry, we've stepped in to make that stroke of midnight a stroke of genius. From the beach scene of Santa Monica to the depths of Hollywood hipsterdom, here are the best NYE itins in the city — we've even played stylist for each spot, with full-on outfit recs to stand out. Now you only have three things left to do before that countdown: 1.) Find someone worthy to smooch, 2.) Make a solid wish for your 2012 rebirth, and 3.) Invest in some Advil.
The Sayers Club
With past (unannounced) musical guests like Prince, Estelle, and Nikka Costa, this super-exclusive speakeasy most definitely has something special up its NYE sleeve. You can count on celebrities canoodling in corners of the dark sbe venue, and the house master mixologist will be on the premises for yummy out-of-the-box concoctions. The dress code is effortless swank, but don't drop the ball for the ball-drop—there's no time like the present to invest in some eclectic new wares. How cute is this Olympia Le-Tan "In Cold Blood" clutch?
When: Saturday, December 31, from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. Where: The Sayers Club, 1645 Wilcox Avenue (Near Hollywood Boulevard); 323-871-8233. How: Tickets range from $125-$2500, available at sbe.
Lucy in Disguise Chaplin Dress, $649, available at My Theresa. Olympia Le-Tan Clutch, $1,500, available at Marc Jacobs. Revlon ColorStay Eye Liner, $4.99, available at Target. H & M Coat, $69.95, available at H & M. Messeca Gavin, $199.95, available at Solestruck.
Photography: Via My Theresa, Marc Jacobs, Target, H & M, and Solestruck.
KCRW is sponsoring this shindig, which means music buffs will eat their hearts out and dance their legs off to world-renowned DJs' spinnings (they're even covering the pool!). The vibe will be more la vie bohème than Hills haven, so swill some champs undisturbed by desperados, and forget your woes in our beach babe gone badass stylings. (Doesn't this Phillip Lim dress whisper, psst your closet deserves a new dress?).
When: Saturday, December 31, from 9:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. Where: 1819 Ocean Avenue (At Pico Boulevard); 310-260-7500. How: Tickets are $175 per person, available at The Viceroy.
ALICE by Temperley Bijoux Faux Fur Cropped Gilet, $164, available at Net-A-Porter. Isabel Marant Strong Wood Bangle, $265, available at La Garconne. 3.1 Phillip Lim Splatter Dress, $795, available at Barneys New York. Charlotte Ronson A Perfect Mess Beach Hair Styling Spray, $20, available at Sephora. B Brian Atwood Paramour Suede and Snake-Print Leather Ankle Boots, $314.99, available at Saks Fifth Avenue.
Photography: Via Net-A-Porter, Barneys New York, Sephora, La Garconne, and Saks Fifth Avenue.
Even though the invite says "shaken, not stirred," we have a feeling the Skybar will still be stir crazy—and plenty of dance floor shaking will definitely be done to tunes by a special guest DJ. With one of the best views in the city, fireworks (hopefully both kinds!) will be par for the Sunset Boulevard course. And you better get gussied up for this Bond-themed bash! It's black tie-optional, which means bring on the glitz, glam, and amp up that double-oh-seven sex appeal for twenty twelve!
When: Saturday, December 31, from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. Where: 8440 Sunset Boulevard (Near Olive Drive); 323-650-8999. How: $175 per person, available at Morgans Hotel Group.
Preen Brando Bike Jacket, $1,650, available at Satine Boutique. DANNIJO Naomi Necklace, $172, available at DANNIJO. Nasty Gal Jazzed Sequin Dress, $98, available at Nasty Gal. Messeca Shoes, $174, available at Karmaloop. Nars Lipstick In Joyous Red, $24, available at Nordstrom.
Photography: Via Nasty Gal, Karmaloop, DANNIJO, Satine Boutique, and Nordstrom.